Thursday 23 November 2017

Alex Spillius: Republicans have long way to go before they can focus on Obama

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is joined by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (R) at a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire January 4, 2012, one day after Romney won the Iowa caucus. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is joined by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (R) at a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire January 4, 2012, one day after Romney won the Iowa caucus. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Alex Spillius in Des Moines

ON January 3, 2008, at the start of the Democratic Party contest to choose a candidate for the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama won a clear victory in the Iowa caucuses that propelled him towards the White House.

Four years on from that historic result and it appeared yesterday that the president had triumphed once more from a vote in the Midwestern state -- this time without even having to enter the contest.

For while Mitt Romney was undoubtedly relieved at his narrow victory and Rick Santorum celebrated a remarkable turnaround that almost saw him come from nowhere to win, it was Mr Obama who appeared to have gained the most from a night when Republican voters failed to settle on a clear front-runner to challenge him for the presidency.

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